When Consciences Collide: Making Sense of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Indiana

“It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others.” -Thomas Jefferson Been There, Done That Had That Done to Me Amidst all of today’s clamor over discrimination based on religious or moral standards, I’m remembering an incident when I was on the receiving end of it myself. Continue Reading

The Unscheduled Appointment

Manifest

I love what I do for a living, and count myself hugely blessed when I remember how rare it is for your work and your first love to be the same. Continue Reading

Of Fruits and Factories

Factory

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. -John 15:8  There’s what I do, then there’s what I am. Continue Reading

Wondering What She Thinks I’m Worth

Worth

I once dreamed that my wife Renee was auctioning me off on e-Bay. Without the courtesy of any notice, mind you, so I had the double indignity of learning that I was on the market, and that my seller hadn’t even bothered to tell me. Continue Reading

Bad Past? Bad Excuse

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A couple years back a notorious kidnapping rapist, about to be sentenced, tried explaining his horrendous actions away by pulling out his abusive childhood. When asked to rise before sentencing, he began explaining that he’d been sexually abused as a child when the judge cut him off. Continue Reading

Newsong Church: In Tune or Off Key?

In the screwball comedy classic Bringing Up Baby, Cary Grant, dressed in a woman’s bathrobe, jumps up and down shouting, “I’ve suddenly gone gay!” He could have been speaking for a growing number of congregations today. Continue Reading

Brattitude

Unwilling

  We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. -Charles Swindoll  Everyone agrees that brats are unattractive, but few of us seem to recognize our own Brattitude when it erupts. Brattitude (my term; plagiarists beware) is attitude minus maturity. It’s the mindset we get into when we’re pitying ourselves, or resenting something that’s not going our way, or digging our heels in to avoid something we know we should face. So we pout, Continue Reading

We Who Are Seen

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“And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, “Thou God seest me” For she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?” - Genesis 16:13 Hagar isn’t the most sympathetic of Bible characters. Handmaid to Abraham’s barren wife Sarah, she had become pregnant by Abraham at Sarah’s insistence. (Genesis 16:1-2) You’ll remember that God had promised them a son, but Sarah, like so many of us, liked God’s promise, but not His timing. In her impatience she basically said, “Let’s help God along. He said we’d have a son but I’m still Continue Reading

Slaughtering Hope

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One should rather die than be betrayed. There is no deceit in death. It delivers exactly what it promised. Betrayal, though — betrayal is the willful slaughter of hope. – Playright Steven Deitz   Continue Reading

When War Isn’t Hell

Weary Soldier

"If you have no temptations it is because the devils are your friends, your leaders, and your shepherds. And by allowing you to pass your poor life tranquilly, to the end of your days, they will drag you down into the depths." -St. Gregory Continue Reading